With the trade of Roberto Osuna the Blue Jays got what they desperately needed in this rebuild – more pitching prospects. Despite losing a massive talent in Osuna, the move not only allows the Jays to move on from a PR nightmare but also allows for the very vocal fans of this team to morally support their team again.
The Jays got a solidified MLB closer in Ken Giles plus two prospect pitchers Hector Perez and David Paulino. The haul isn’t as massive as it would have been if Osuna wasn’t mired in a legal battle or currently suspended, however many have pointed out that any return for this player was a positive. Giles will immediately step into the MLB roster and should act as the closer, a role that has been vacant since Osuna’s suspension.
So, who are these players the Jays acquired, and how do they stack up?
- Age: 27, Throws: right
- career 2.72 ERA, 367 strike outs in 274.2 innings pitched
- 77 career saves
- 34 games played in MLB
- 4.99 ERA
- His ever important FIP is 2.28
- 1.279 WHIP
- 9.1 SO/9
- 12 saves
Giles has had a troubled year and the Blue Jays are hoping that a change of scenery could help him recapture his form. It is a bit of a gamble, but the stakes are currently low with the rebuilding Jays. Giles can come in and immediately look to be the closer despite his poor 2018 showing so far. There are issues with his attitude, as he was sent to AAA this season after telling his manager to “Fuck off” after pulling him after blowing a 4-0 save opportunity, but a new team should distance him from this issue.
As an immediate impact player, Giles will likely keep his head down in Toronto and should look himself again with lower stakes than a World-Series-or-bust team like the Houston Astros.
- Age: 22, Throws: right
- Has pitched in High A ball and AA this season, appearing in 21 games total
2018 Stats (A+17 games):
- Started 11 of 17 games in A+, totaling 72.2 innings
- 3-3 record
- ERA 3.87
- 2 registered saves in addition to starting games
- 1.239 WHIP
- 10.3 SO/9
Hector Perez slots in to the Blue Jays prospect rankings at #11 (coming from Houston’s 10 spot). Baseballprospectus.com have described his “nasty stuff” as potential closer material in the future. He uses a plus fastball/slider combination to keep hitters on their toes, but lacks major league control. Control and subsequent walks have been an issue for him in his minor league tenure, however with more development time he could be a potential important arm for the Jays.
- Age: 24, Throws: right
- Has pitched in three games for the Astros with a 2-1 record and 6.25 ERA since 2016
- 7gp in AAA in 2018
- 0-0 record, 27 IP
- ERA 4.67
- 33/6 SO/BB
- 1.074 WHIP
- 11 SO/9
David Paulino is a very talent, towering pitching prospect with some off field issues. After a positive PED test in July of 2017 Paulino was suspended for 80 games by the MLB. The 6’7″ pitcher was as high as 3rd on the Astros prospect list and 44th in the MLB, but plummeted to 24th in the organization. The time missed has hurt his development, but if he can get back on track his fastball is major league quality. His pitches come from a ridiculous plane top of his massive frame and release point. He doesn’t have as many tools as Perez, but his raw ability he has to throw the fastball is his biggest asset. Patience is key for Paulino who has big league potential as either a starter or bullpen arm.
All stats via www.baseball-reference.com